Brazil have committed 96 fouls to Germany’s 57 across the World Cup so far, yet they can be backed at a generous 19/20 to win the battle of the notebook in Belo Horizonte.
Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger has already fired a warning shot across the bows of the match referee for their World Cup semi-final against the Selecao, saying:
Brazilians are not only football magicians, hard tackling is part of their game – we have to be careful and so does the referee.
For anyone who watched their last eight battle with Colombia, it’s difficult to disagree, with the hosts winning a 54-foul dust up by 31 incursions to their rivals’ 23.
They’d previously got their eye in for kicking James Rodriguez off the park by booting in 28 fouls in the second-round victory over Chile and look mustard to best Die Mannschaft in the yellow card stakes.
Germany were well into their third game before receiving their first caution and average just 0.8 a game altogether.
Brazil, on the other hand have been awarded ten cautions to date and, but for some extremely permissive refereeing against Los Cafeteros, they could have a bookings mean far higher than the two an outing it currently stands at for the tournament.
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If the bwin layers are on the money it’ll be the only winning they’ll be doing in Belo Horizonte, with the boys in black and gold making Joachim Low’s side the 17/10 favourites.
Brazil are narrow outsiders at 9/5 (“what a way to make living” some might say), with the draw at 90 minutes priced up at 21/10.